By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Although Jose Reynoso has accounted himself well in recent fights, he became another notch on WBO #2 jr welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov’s belt. The hard-hitting Provodnikov knocked out Reynoso in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout at the Omega Products International in Corona, CA. With the defeat, Reynoso had his seven-bout unbeaten streak snapped. Provodnikov had won four bouts in a row since his only defeat at the hands of Mauricio Herrera in January of 2011.
As customary to most of his bouts, Provodnikov pressed the action in the first round, stalking Reynoso around the ring. Reynoso looked to counter whenever Provodnikov threw right hands. In the second round, Provodnikov began landing consistently to the head. During an exchange, Provodnikov stunned Reynoso with a right hand. Provodnikov followed it up with another hard right hand, dropping Reynoso to the canvas. As Reynoso struggled to get up, referee Raul Caiz, Jr. counted him out at 1:52. Provodnikov, from Los Angeles, CA by way of Berezovo, Russia, improves to 22-1, 15 KOs. Reynoso, from Riverside, CA, drops to 16-4-1, 3 KOs.
Super bantamweight Christopher Martin stopped Roberto Castaneda in the sixth round of a scheduled eight round bout. Martin started well early in the fight, even though he threw one punch at a time. Castaneda began to get going in the second, attacking the body with left hooks and landing right hands to the head of Martin. Just when Castaneda looked like he had seized momentum in the fight, Martin dropped him with a right uppercut to the stomach at the end of the fifth round. Castaneda survived the round and fought back aggressively in the sixth. However, Martin dug a left hook to the body, dropping Castaneda face-first to the canvas. Although Castaneda stood up, referee Jerry Cantu stopped the fight at 2:31. Martin, from San Diego, CA, snaps a three-bout winless streak and goes to 24-2-3, 7 KOs. Castaneda, from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, falls to 19-2-1, 14 KOs.
In a bout between Southern California super welterweights, Angel Osuna of Coachella won a six round unanimous decision over Dashon Johnson. Most of the action between the two was sloppy, especially early in the fight. Although Osuna (8-3-1, 4 KOs) landed the cleaner punches, he would at times smother himself. He was productive in the second and third rounds, by attacking the body of Johnson with left hooks. Johnson (13-6-3, 4 KOs), of Escondido, would miss with wild right hands to the head, allowing Osuna to repeatedly land punches to the head of Johnson in the sixth. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Osuna. Fightnews.com scored the bout 59-55 for Osuna.
In a good action bout, super featherweights Aaron Acevedo and Daniel Martinez fought to a four round majority draw. Acevedo was the aggressor in the first round, landing the more telling blows, but Martinez came back with an effective second round. Both fighters had their moments in the third and fourth round. Acevedo (1-0-1, 1 KO) initiated the exchanges, scoring with right hands, but Martinez, who was making his professional debut, would rally, landing his share of punches. One judge scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Martinez, while the other two judges scored the bout 38-38. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Acevedo, who hails from Riverside, CA. Martinez resides in San Bernardino, CA.
Welterweight Oscar Godoy won a four round unanimous decision over Roberto Crespo. Godoy was in control during the first three rounds, consistently landing right hands to the head of Crespo. Godoy was quicker to the punch, not allowing Crespo to get off as he would have wanted. Crespo had a better fourth round, getting on the inside and landing straight right hands to the head of Godoy. However, it was too little, too late as all three judges scored the bout for Godoy, 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37. Godoy, from Watsonville, CA, improves to 7-2, 3 KOs. Crespo, from Riverside, CA, falls to 4-2.
In the walkout bout of the evening, lightweight Lizette Medel won a six round unanimous decision over Tatiana Anderson. There were good exchanges between the two fighters, although Medel landed the more telling blows. Medel was cut over her right eye from an accidental head butt in the third round. However, the cut did not seem to affect her in any way as she continued to control the action. Anderson had her moments, particularly in the sixth when she effectively countered with right hands to the head of Medel. However, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Medel, 58-56, 59-55, and 60-54. Fightnews.com scored the bout 58-56 in favor of Medel, who hails from Los Angeles and improves to 7-1-1. Anderson, from Las Vegas, NV, drops to 5-2-1, 4 KOs.
– Josesito Lopez, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, and welterweight Artemio Reyes were among the boxing personalities at ringside.
– This was the first time the Omega Products International venue was used in 2012. Another fight are will take place there on August 18th.
– Ring announcer was Michael Vale.